2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit

2019 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings


Before we get started if you are in a redraft league, head on over our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Rest of Season Rankings.

The List

This list will be updated every Sunday and you won’t see many jumps from week to week. A Dynasty rankings list is done with the long term in mind so there isn’t a lot a player can really to do drastically improve his value in such a short period of time.

Major injuries and promotions will be the main reasons for a player moving up or down. Hot or cold streaks won’t move the needle much.

Be sure to check back often to see how your guys’ stocks move up and down throughout the season and the years.

Top Risers

  1. Austin Barnes (+275) – An unusually massive jump for Barnes.  I have been more skeptical on him than most in the industry.  But his start to 2019 has caused me to correct his rankings.  I may have gone on the other extreme on Barnes rankings but we will see how he continues the season.
  2. Yandy Diaz (+48) – I have been very impressed with Diaz this year. He was someone that no doubt needed a rankings correction as he was just within the top 500. He is someone that might continue to move up the rankings.
  3. Ketel Marte (+40) – I was not a fan of Marte heading into 2019. He has shown me enough to give him a nice bump in the rankings. As with the guys above him, we will see what happens.

Top Fallers

  1. Corey Knebel (-48) – TJ surgery will do a lot to move you down the rankings. Take into account the volatile nature of pitching and the extreme volatile nature of relievers and it’s quite possible I should have dropped him even further.  The fact that a superior pitcher in Josh Hader is on the roster and Knebel has a long road back up the rankings.
  2. Ian Happ (-43) – Optioned down to the minors was a major hit to his value in my opinion. I was never much on the Happ train but I went with the majority and ranked him higher than I personally felt he should be.  This is a correction to that.

Dynasty leagues, in my eyes, are the ultimate Fantasy Baseball experience.  This is your chance to play General Manager and build your team the way you see fit.  Do you want to go all-in and win now?  Do you want to rebuild and play to dominate in the future?  In a Dynasty league, the options are seemingly endless, but you have to be smart.  So starting here to get an idea of where all of these guys rank is a shrewd move.

My Strategy

My strategy in a Dynasty league is pretty simple but complex at the same time (if that even makes any sense). I want my starting lineup to be a good mix of quality veterans that provide me with value now, a couple of cornerstone young players and a wealth of talent in the minors. I really try to walk a fine line between competing for a title but also having a solid farm. There is a couple of reason for this.

First, I want to win a title, so I want my starting lineup to be good. I want to have a good farm system because I want to be able to sell off veterans a year or two before they lose their value and replace them with a young up and comer.  Having quality prospect depth also allows you to make moves to sure up your starting roster as you see fit.

Granted it is tough to walk a fine line like that because the worst case scenario is that your team is not a title contender and your prospects aren’t good enough to bank on them turning your team into a title contender in the future. So you really have to make smart trades, at the right time to keep both sides of the fence in good order. Definitely not for the faint of heart!

Hitting Trumps Pitching

As a rule of thumb, I value hitting well above pitching. Especially when we start talking about prospects. To me, the most volatile type of a player is a pitcher that is at least two years away from the big leagues.  Injuries, specifically to pitchers scare me to death!  They should scare you too. Now with that being said I like to target guys that have recently been injured, specifically pitching.

How to Handle TJ Injuries

The above paragraph seems a little contrary but I have some logic. I truly believe that the majority of pitchers will need TJ surgery these days.  Believe it or not, I am actually less scared of a player that has had the surgery. I no longer have to wait for the day they get hurt and subsequently miss the next 12-18 months. I consider TJ pitchers that are recovering to be great buy-low candidates.  These are the guys I will try and target via trade. Just something for you to chew on.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings

About Dave Eddy

Dave covers the Detroit Tigers over at Prospects1500.com Feel free to reach out to him anytime on twitter @CorporalEddy

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  2. Randy

    March 2, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Didi at 77 even with missing a chunk of this year and approaching 30 years old? I’m interested in hearing the reasoning on him being that high.

    • Dave Eddy

      March 24, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Hey Randy, thanks for checking the rankings out ! Didi is at 163 in my rankings so I am thinking this comment was from the previous guys rankings. How does 163 make you feel ?

  3. E

    March 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Jesse Winker 102? Thats painfully low. Why is that so?

    • Dave Eddy

      March 24, 2019 at 8:44 am

      Thanks for reading E ! You comment about Winker at 102 must have been in reference to the previous guys rankings. So here is the awkward part………………I actually have Winker ranked even lower at 166. I am even higher on Winker than most however. My ranking is 19 spots higher than the Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). So while I like Winker a lot, you seem to be even higher. I am looking forward to seeing him get everyday AB’s in Cincy. While I do not own any shares of Winker I am hoping he makes us both look smarter than the average bear 🙂

      • Joe

        March 24, 2019 at 7:41 pm

        Just to confirm this was from the previous guy’s rankings. Dave has since replaced him.

        I also believe the 102 was the old OF rankings, not overall. So you are much higher Dave.

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  6. Eric

    April 18, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Where is Austin Barnes? You mention him rising, but he doesn’t appear to be in the rankings.

    • Dave Eddy

      April 19, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      Hey Eric, thanks for reading ! I am not sure why Barnes isn’t showing in the overall or hitters rankings, just in the Catcher rankings. Thank you for pointing this out. I will be sure to make sure this is fixed on Sunday when I do the next update. I hope you will check it out.

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